Composite Shake DaVinci Tiles Selected By Missouri Community

The Compton family served as the "neighborhood guinea pigs" in 2014 when the architectural review committee of their homeowners association decided to allow polymer roofing as an option on homes in their Missouri community.

"We volunteered our house to display examples of two shades of the Bellaforté Shake composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes," says Robert Compton. "This worked out great for us because we wanted to see exactly which simulated shake roofing color looked best on our house."

Neighbors flooded the Compton property to see the sustainable roofing product samples and options that Cardinal Contractors had set up on site. "We previously had cedar shake roof shingles that were a hassle to maintain," says Compton. "There were several features about the DaVinci shake shingles that appealed to us. We liked the improved performance over real cedar in terms of fire and impact ratings.

"We're very pleased with the Bellaforté product. One of our neighbors had their roof replaced with real cedar shake roofing just a year ago and it already appears to need cleaning. We expect our roof to maintain the current appearance for years to come."

The Comptons have led the way in the neighborhood as residents make the change to synthetic roof material. "Three of our immediate neighbors had the same DaVinci product installed on their own homes and we know of one more that will probably do so in the near future," says Compton. "Since we served as the 'guinea pig' in the community I've gotten to know many of our neighbors better. Many of them have been overwhelmingly supportive of the community's move to allow these fake cedar shake shingles for our designer roofs."


For more neighborhood roofing stories, see Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs and Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities.


Freeze/Thaw No Trouble for DaVinci Polymer Roofing

5 degrees in Nashville. -2 degrees in Atlanta. This past winter's deep freeze stretched far deeper into the South than usual. The good news is that, when these temperatures "heated up" to the 20's and 30's, roofers were back out installing DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing materials. (See Bone-Chilling Polymer Roofing Installations)

Polymer RoofingWhat those southern roofers might not know --- because they don't always experience extreme temperature conditions --- is that DaVinci composite roofing materials are designed to be installed in areas where freeze-thaw conditions are common. These hard-working imitation slate and synthetic shake products don't absorb water so there aren’t the same freeze thaw issues that some roofing materials have.That means that even if a DaVinci roof has moisture on it, there will be no damage during freeze-thaw cycles like cracking or splitting of tiles.

Made of 100% virgin polymer resin, simulated shake roofing and composite slate tiles from DaVinci don't react the same to colder weather conditions as natural roof products. For example, a wood shake roof goes through freeze/thaw cycles constantly in some weather environments. This means that it is common to see cracking and splitting on some cedar roofs. In some areas of the country, the daylight to nightfall temperature swings alone can cause damage to cedar shake roofing. (See DaVinci Shake is the Best Fake Cedar Shake on the Market)

In addition, DaVinci plastic roofing materials are very thermally stable. A 12" synthetic slate roof tile expands just 1/12" with a 100 degree temperature swing. Thanks to this engineering feat, you don't get the buckling or movement with a DaVinci tile that can put strain on fasteners as with some other products.


DaVinci Roofscapes Prize Winner!

Look up the word "lucky" in the dictionary and you might see a picture of Dan Garnaat in there.

The Arkansas homeowner once won $10,000 in the Powerball lottery AND he won one of the grand prizes in the 2014 The Great TOH Giveaway --- a free DaVinci Roofscapes eco-friendly roof!

"My ranch-style home was built in 2000 and the roof had been showing signs of wear recently," says Garnaat. "I had noticed a fair amount of asphalt shingle aggregate in the gutters lately, which is never good because it means the shingles were starting to fail. I was hoping to put off getting a new roof because I just had to replace my heating and air system, which was costly. This synthetic shake roofing prize from This Old House magazine and DaVinci came at just the right time!"

Garnaat selected a Bellaforté Shake designer roof as his grand prize. To complement his single-level home he chose the composite shake roofing in the Tahoe-VariBlend combination of Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe, Medium Tahoe and Medium Dark Tahoe.

"The crew from Foster Roofing stripped the old roof off and installed the new synthetic shake shingles in a little over six hours," says Garnaat. "I'm really happy with the look of this fake cedar shake product. I even have enough leftover synthetic cedar shake shingles to cover the dog house!

"I've had many good comments on this new shake roofing materials from others. When I tell them that the product is Class A Fired Rated, resists impact and has a lifetime limited materials warranty they're even more impressed!"

For another winner's story see DaVinci Roofscapes WINNER Share Her Experience.



Fake Shake Outperforms Cedar Shake Roofing

Look up the word "shake" in a thesaurus and you'll see the following synonyms: tremble, quiver, quake, shudder, wobble and vibrate. Funny that those are the same words that many people use to describe their experiences with real cedar shake roofing.

While cedar roof shingles can look attractive and appealing when first installed, over time they have a tendency to rot, warp and splinter. And, they've been known to also become "wobbly" and insect-infested.

How do homeowners satisfy their desire for the eye-catching appeal of cedar roofing without the maintenance hassles associated with real shake roofing? Simulated shake roofing to the rescue.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we manufacture fake cedar shake roofing tiles that look so realistic that people standing below a house can't tell the difference from a real shake tile roof. Available in 9", 7", 6" and 4" tile widths, DaVinci's hand-split multi-width composite shake roofing tiles are carefully crafted using only virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product.

To increase the realistic appearance of these shake alternative roofing tiles, each fake cedar shake tile features both straight and wavy grains throughout the tile for a realistic look. And, as with all DaVinci lightweight roofing materials, the composite shake tiles resist fire, high wind and impact. They're also created to resist rot, insects and moisture and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Need more details? See DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci.


Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities

If you're a homeowner, you may not give a second thought to what condo communities put on their roofs. But, you should ... because you can learn a lot.

"Property managers and homeowner associations evaluate the 'Total Cost of Ownership' when making replacement roofing decisions," says Mike Ward, with DaVinci Roofscapes. "They're determining which products have the greatest return on investment from the standpoint of durability, longevity, low-maintenance costs and aesthetics. These are the same considerations individual homeowners should evaluate when selecting roofing products."

According to Ward, this type of analysis plays favorably for polymer roofing products that resist impact, fire, insects, mold and algae. Other advantages that condo and townhome communities look for in a roof include the color being blended throughout each tile and a 50 year roof warranty. Again, the same key aspects homeowners look for when making a smart roof choice.

Across the country, many condo communities have identified DaVinci composite roofing as the solution to their roofing needs.

In California, the Mai Kai condo community in Newport Beach had salt air and sea spray affecting their real shake shingles. The cedar roofing on the 34 units deteriorated over time, requiring the community to launch a search for fake cedar shake roofing. (see California’s Mai-Kai Condos Stand Out with New DaVinci Multi-Width Shake Roofing)

“Our research and the recommendation of a design consultant led us to the DaVinci product for its appearance, durability and maintenance,” says John Adler, a member of the Mai-Kai condo board of directors. “The strength of the product really impressed us and helped influence our decision.”


At the Catawba Shores condo community in Port Clinton, Ohio, 35 housing units had to get new roofs because of roof hail damage.(see Lakeside Condo Community Relies on Bellaforté Shake Roofing Tiles)

"We feel we made the right selection with DaVinci since these roofing tiles are impact-, hail-, insect-, algae- and fire-resistant," says Jim Packard, president of the Catawba Shores Homeowners Association. "We estimate that we’re saving more than $10,000 per year on the ongoing maintenance costs from our old roof, and we’ve got the peace-of-mind that these roofs will help protect our units from fire and hail."


In areas of Colorado, Turner Morris Roof Systems has installed DaVinci Class A Fire Rated synthetic roofing material on a variety of condo communities, including Quartermoon Townhomes in Bachelor Gulch, the Dakotas in Avon and Bachelor Spring Townhomes near Arrowhead Village.            

"DaVinci is the only product that performs well in our climatic region," says Scott Cunningham, mountains project manager with Turner Morris Roof Systems. "These communities are looking for durable composite roofing tiles that can withstand heavy snowfall along with the threat of wildfire. We've found the solution with DaVinci synthetic cedar shake tiles."




Scary Roofs

Creaking stairs and ghoulish figures aren't the only haunting things in neighborhoods this Halloween. Some roofs are downright scary.

Cedar ShinglesAt the Covington Creek condo community in Indiana, the cracked, rotted and algae-ridden real cedar roof shingles on 207 condo units were a frightful sight in recent years. Forget shrunken heads ... at this subdivision there were stained, curling and shrunken wooden cedar shake roofing tiles overhead.

This year however, Covington Creek isn't a haunted community. Thirty-one buildings have now been re-roofed with new Bellaforté Shake composite shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Gone are the scary roofs ... replaced with synthetic shake roofing that's beautiful and long-lasting. Plus they're backed with a 50 year roof warranty.

We promise ... it's no trick that fake cedar shake roofs look better and last longer than cedar roofing. Our state-of-the-art polymers help provide a durable designer roof with synthetic shake shingles that is simply a treat for homeowners!

Composite Shake


Want another Halloween treat? Learn how to Invest in Your Roof and Shake it Off ... with our shake roofing materials!


Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing

What's that disgusting black and green coating you often see on cedar shake roofing products? Mold. Fungus. Algae. And, it can even grow in yellow, sickly green and red colors. That's NOT the kind of color you want on your roof!

Homeowners who desire the beauty of cedar roofing without the rainbow of growth problems can turn to DaVinci Roofscapes for a shake alternative with all the right colors. Made of virgin polymers that resist algae, mold, fungus and insects, DaVinci synthetic shake shingles come in dozens of standard colors and eye-pleasing color blends.

Fake Cedar Shake


Forget about the worries of rotting wood, decay and fire hazards. DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles resist impact, high winds and fire, along with fading, curling and ugly mold growth. And, because each DaVinci shake blend is formulated from different wood tones -- with both wavy and straight grains throughout the designer roof blend -- you get a natural variation in colors to give you a realistic shake tile roof look. (See Shaking Up Roofs)

Need another reason to have DaVinci simulated shake roofing overhead? Then consider this: DaVinci products have a Class A Fire Rating and a Class 4 Impact Resistance Rating to help withstand whatever Mother Nature sends your way. Package all that together with a 50 year roof warranty and you'll turn green with envy ... and that's a color we CAN get on your luxury roof!


DaVinci Composite Shake: Seeing is Believing

Homeowner Linda Merrihew did not want a composite roof. Then she saw DaVinci Roofscapes simulated shake roofing tiles on a home and her mind was changed.

"After we visited a few locations so I could actually see it on an entire roof (and not just a picture or a piece), I loved it," says Merrihew, a resident of Tualitin, Oregon. "It looked so real and I thought it would be perfect on our five acres with all the trees always dropping needles and leaves. I was right. They just slide right off!"

Most importantly, Merrihew always had the dream of a grey house ... and she was able to reach that dream with a custom blend of three grey fake cedar shake tiles created for a DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roof.

"I thought if I started with a grey roof I would work my way down," says Merrihew. "Our roof is a huge portion of our house so a single color would have been boring and overpowering. The tri-color grey blend is subtle but just enough to break it up and make it look unique. I love it!"


Merrihew's home is now painted a pale grey with grey shutters and trim. Although she may not have known it at the time, she was adhering to the "top down" color advice offered by national color expert Kate Smith, who always recommends starting at the roof and working down with color combinations on a home exterior. (see Adding Color to the Exterior of the Home)

How satisfied is Merrihew with her new luxury roof? "I absolutely LOVE the look, and everyone who sees it is totally impressed," says the homeowner. "My son was a 'Street of Dreams' builder last year and he wishes he had known about this roof sooner!"


Troubled Shake Shingle Bridge Over Calm Waters

One of the most famous sites in Switzerland is the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne. This 204-metre long covered wooden bridge was constructed in 1333 to defend against any attack that might come from nearby Lake Lucerne.

In 1993 fire destroyed the bridge, but locals quickly had it rebuilt because of its prominence in the city. What a shame that almost 20 years ago the reconstruction couldn't include a synthetic cedar shake roof.

While picturesque, the natural cedar shake roof on the bridge is covered with algae and heavy winter storms have taken a toll on the bridge. Perhaps when it's time to replace the cedar roof shingles the Swiss will consider Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Created to accurately resemble shake tile roofs, the DaVinci synthetic shake roofing product comes in six different natural color blends and resists algae, insects, moisture and mold. The hand-split composite shake roofing tiles from DaVinci are carefully crafted to guarantee a sustainable roofing product.

Polymer ShakeThe multiple widths (4-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 9-inches) of the fake cedar shake help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in a straight or staggered pattern. And, both wavy and straight grains are blended throughout for an authentic look.

Backed by a 50-year limited warranty, DaVinci shake alternative roofing tiles are impact and wind resistant. Plus, they have a Class A fire rating ... which would give this bridge with a fiery history peace-of-mind for the future.

Want to shake up your roof? See Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci.



Impact-Resistant DaVinci Roof Tops Kansas Church

The roof on the Woodland United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas has been replaced many times in the past 103 years. Most recently, hail damage in August of 2012 demanded a new roof be placed on the sanctuary, fellowship hall, steeple and portico.

"The Bellaforté Shake polymer roof tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes are a long-term roofing solution for this church," says Kendall R. Zielke, commercial estimator and project manager for Midwest Roofing Services. "We've installed this composite shake product successfully on other projects in our area that are also subject to our severe weather conditions and always have good results. Since this is an impact-resistant synthetic shake tile with a 50-year roof warranty, we believe this shake alternative is ideal for the church structure."

Church leaders selected the Tuscano blend of four autumn brown colors as the roofing color option that most resembled the previous wood shakes on the stone church. "This shake alternative so closely resembles our former roof that I don't think many members even know this is a synthetic shake roofing material," says Jim Brown, a member of the Board of Trustees at the church. "Unless you get very close, you can't tell that there are 'fake cedar shakes' on our roof."

Bellaforté Shake composite roofing tiles include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. "The snap-fit aspect of the Bellaforté is a great feature of this product," says Zielke. "In addition, a square of Bellaforté tiles weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce our installation time and allows us to get the job done faster for our clients."

See Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof for another success story on DaVinci imitation slate roofs on churches.


Boys and Their Toys ....

What happens when two home improvement experts take a flame torch and baseball bat to DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate and shake roofing tiles? Click HERE to see the video of Joe Truini and Allen Lyle of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford television show test our DaVinci composite roofing in their workshop.

Joe swings his baseball bat repeatedly at the plastic slate tiles with no impact damage. And, to make the challenge more difficult, he freezes our simulated slate roofing tile and then whacks away at it again ... with the same "no problem" results. His impression? That unlike natural slate that can become brittle and break easily, DaVinci fake slate tiles can withstand the pounding of his bat (and most hail storms!) along with frigid weather.

Next, Allen lights up his propane torch to try and set the DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles on fire. No go. As Allen learns, the flame won't easily spread on our fire-resistant composite shake tiles. Why? Because unlike natural cedar shake roof materials that almost instantly spread flames when a burning ember hits it, DaVinci shake roofing materials are manufactured to resist flame spread --- and they're backed by a 50-year Limited Lifetime Warranty!

For more details on imitation slate tiles, see Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013 and March Winds and Hammers Don't Impact DaVinci Roofing Tiles.


Praying for a New DaVinci Roof

We may bow our head to pray inside the church, but when outside of several churches across the country people are looking up ... at their DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs that grace the top of those churches.

From coast to coast, synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles from DaVinci top off churches of every religion.

Ukrainian ChurchIn Johnson City, New York, visitors to the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church are immediately captivated by the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure. Topped by three 80-foot tall domes, the massive building looks like it’s made completely of wood shakes on the siding and roof. But, a closer look reveals that the designer roof is really made of Valoré synthetic cedar shakes that perfectly replicate real wood shake shingles. (See Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church)

Several states away in Terra Haute, Indiana, St. Patrick’s Church has been in existence since 1881. After putting up with leaky roofs for years, Bellaforté simulated slate roofing tiles in a blend of greens were installed on three of the original four structures.

Dependability and long-term low-maintenance features are key reasons that the Cynthiana Baptist Church in Kentucky, the Unitarian Universalists Church in Indiana, the Self-Realization Fellowship in California and the St. Louis Catholic Church in Virginia all selected lightweight roofing solutions from DaVinci.

Dayton ChapelBut perhaps the church that has made the best use of the features of DaVinci eco friendly roofing tiles is the 140+ year old chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Ohio. This historic building’s DaVinci fake slate roof replicates the original large cross design with a star-studded border in medium tan slate polymer tiles on a background of black slate alternative tiles.

“The availability of different shades of tiles made it possible to accurately duplicate the original design from the chapel’s roof,” says architect Edward Groh with PEDCO, an engineering and architecture firm in Cincinnati, Ohio responsible for designing the roof. “The result is a roof that everyone is exceptionally pleased with and a design that brings the original exterior look back to the chapel.”

You might just say that a DaVinci roof is the answer to many prayers.            


DaVinci Roofs: An Answer to Many Prayers

Coast-to-coast you'll find DaVinci polymer roofing tiles atop many different churches. While each church recognizes the benefits of the long-lasting synthetic roofing tiles, perhaps the churches that appreciate them the most are the oldest ones.

“This simulated slate roofing product truly looks like the original slate tile that was placed on our church and chapel more than 75 years ago," says Father Peter Grover, OMV with St. Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston. "The Bellaforté product allowed us to preserve both the historical look and feel of our facilities. We also gained the advantage that these polymer tiles resist fire, high winds and severe weather. That gives us all peace-of-mind knowing that our church facility and seminary are protected."

In Jacksonville, Oregon, the town's Historic Architectural Review Committee approved a DaVinci Roofscapes shake shingle roof to replace the decaying cedar shakes on the roof at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, which opened in 1881. A Tahoe blend featuring five shades of brown in multi-width composite shake tiles provides the church with the authentic cedar look they desired.

"Our entire town is on the national historic register and we had to receive permission from the Historic Architectural Review Committee to use the DaVinci roofing product," says Dave Harter, elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville. "Because the product looked so authentic to real cedar shakes and had a better fire rating than wood shingles, the committee made the decision for the first time ever to allow polymer roofing tiles on a structure in our city."

The DaVinci lightweight roofing materials used for both churches are Class 4 impact rated and have been rated Class A for fire retardance. The fake slate and fake cedar shake roofing materials have also achieved the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph and have passed testing for extreme weather conditions.

Backed by a 50-year limited lifetime warranty, DaVinci plastic roofing materials resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.  

Looking for more details on how imitation slate shingles are used to create eco friendly roofs? Then visit Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof and Historic Peterson House Gets DaVinci Polymer Roof.


Tackling Winter Roof Installations

Two pairs of socks, check. Thermal underwear, check. Warm hat and gloves, check. DaVinci polymer roofing tiles, double check!

Despite frigid weather, roofers across the country can install DaVinci synthetic roofing tiles with confidence, even in the bone-chilling cold. By using extra jobsite caution, along with top-quality underlayments, an imitation slate or fake cedar shake DaVinci roof systems can be added twelve months a year.

Actually, DaVinci composite roofing can be installed in much colder temperatures than many other roofing products --- even in temperatures as cold as 20 degrees F. As opposed to asphalt shingles that are more sensitive to temperatures and can expand and contract, DaVinci plastic roofing materials are ready for cold weather application.

Despite shorter days and cold temperatures, designer roofs made of synthetic materials can be installed during the winter months. Here are some tips for your cold weather installations:

Tip #1 - Prior to installation in colder temperatures, make sure that the shingles have been stored flat and are only installed when they are flat.

Tip #2 - DaVinci's unique formula allows our composite shingles to remain flexible in colder weather. It's important that the shingles are laid at a very minimum 3/16”.

Tip #3 - If using a pneumatic roofing nail gun for plastic roofing materials installation, the pressure should not be set too high. You may wish to hand nail pieces in if you're having trouble with your gas air compressor.

For more insights into cold weather roofing, visit BRRRR! Can a DaVinci Roof Be Installed In Colder Weather??  and Things to Think About for Cold Weather and your Roof.


Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake

New Year's Eve celebrations at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta had the popular theme of "Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake" during the early 1990s. The all-night event included music options to match the mood of every partygoer.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we make every day a "roof party" with our synthetic shake roofing products. While these cedar shake roof alternatives don't dance, they're the talk of any house party when they sit on the roof overhead!

Made in the U.S.A. by experienced professionals, the full line of polymer shake roofing tiles at DaVinci add value and prestige to homes across America. DaVinci Multi-Width Shake shingles display the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width fake shake product features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

Bellaforté composite shake roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté tiles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

And, if you want to get fancy about your cedar shake alternative roof, look at DaVinci Fancy Shake polymer roof tiles. They provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake shingles. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.

Finally, shake up your home with the single-width Valoré Shake product line. These lightweight roofing materials embrace the art and science of roofing to offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Shake comes in a 9" tile width with a 5/8" profile to provide deep, attractive shadow lines.

All DaVinci designer roof tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas. Plus, they are 100 percent recyclable and come with a 50-year limited warranty ... so party on!

For more information on our shake products, please visit Four Shake Profiles - What's the Difference? and Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013.


First-Time DaVinci Installer Sold on Polymer Shakes

Michael Haight is a DaVinci convert. The president of Larry Haight's Residential Roofing out of Redmond, Washington recently installed his first DaVinci simulated shake roofing system ... and he firmly believes it won't be his last one.

The recent Mill Creek, Washington re-roofing project provided Larry Haight's Residential Roofing the opportunity to install DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic cedar shake roofing tiles to replace worn-out natural cedar shakes.

"Many homeowners in our area are tired of the continued maintenance involved with real cedar shake roofs," says Haight. "This was the same situation with our Mill Creek customer. They wanted to keep the cedar shake look without going back to real cedar roofing."

Haight and his team have specialized in residential roofing for more than 29 years, so they've dealt with cedar roofing issues in the past. "As with many other homeowners, this particular homeowner decided to replace their roof because the old material was worn out and they didn't want any leaks.," says Haight. "At the same time they decided to install eight new skylights and new gutters. This was a dream project working with the realistic-looking DaVinci Multi-Width Shake polymer roofing tiles."

DaVinci Multi-Width Shake displays the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width fake shake product features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the shake alternative tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

For their roof, the Mill Creek homeowners chose to modify the standard DaVinci Tahoe blend to create a custom color blend that includes dark, medium dark, medium light and light Tahoe colors. The earthy combination complements the home's brick exterior and tree-covered setting.

According to the non-profit organization, The Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, the longevity of a roof depends on many things: the grade and quality of the product used, the quality of the application, climate, salt-water proximity, exposure and maintenance. The bureau estimates the live span for natural cedar roofs is approximately 30+ years if well maintained. With no maintenance requirements, synthetic shake roofs from DaVinci are backed by a 50-year limited warranty.   

"This particular roofing project has generated a lot of leads for our company," says Haight. "I think we've got a win-win situation going here for homeowners in our area. Between the impressive warranty that comes with the DaVinci product and our company's lifetime workmanship warranty on all re-roof and gutter installs, the combination brings peace-of-mind to our customers."

Each DaVinci eco friendly roof shingle is lightweight, impervious to freeze/thaw cycles, impact resistant, maintenance free, color fade resistant, Class A fire rated (with specified underlayments), UL 2218 Class 4 impact rated, and wind resistant to 110 mph. All DaVinci plastic roofing materials resist water absorption, which eliminates freeze-thaw issues and allows for installation in most weather conditions.

See Four Shake Profiles - What's the Difference? for detailed information on DaVinci simulated shake roofing options.     


Shaking Up Roofs

Ready to "shake up" your roof? Then make sure to check out the different polymer shake roofing options from DaVinci Roofscapes!

DaVinci Multi-Width Shake displays the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width cedar shake roof features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

Single-Width Valoré Shake tiles embrace the art and science of roofing to offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Shake comes in a 9" tile width with a 5/8" profile to provide deep, attractive shadow lines.

Bellaforté Shake composite roofing tiles include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté tiles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

DaVinci Fancy Shake luxury roof tiles provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.

All DaVinci shake shingles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas. And, DaVinci fake cedar shakes are 100 percent recyclable and come with a 50-year limited warranty.

Visit Multi-Width DaVinci Shake Tiles - Providing a "Premium Shake" Look to Your Home for more details on DaVinci shake roofing products.


North Carolina Embraces Polymer Shake Shingles

Second generation roofer Stacy Stines remembers when his father started the family business in 1978 with a focus on using real wood shakes for roofs. Over the years Stines has seen a change --- and a growing preference amongst homeowners for longer-lasting polymer roofing products.

“Half of the roofs I install these days are polymer shake or slate products,” says Stines, owner of Stacy Stines Roofing out of Elk Park, N. C. and member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program. “The benefits are so tremendous for these low-maintenance roofing materials that there are entire communities in this mountainous area that mandate replacement roofs all be made of fire-resistant polymer material.”

One such community, Valle Cay near Boone, N.C., includes 47 homes constructed in 1984 with real wood shake shingles. Due to rot, weathering and curling, many of those roofs have failed and Stines has replaced seven of them since 2008. In the heavily-wooded area the association now recommends all roofs be replaced with DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles in a Tahoe blend of five shades of natural wood.

“Once someone sees this product installed, they love it and want it on their own home,” says Stines. “The simulated shake roofing has a good profile and dimension to it, the color blends are terrific and the advantage of knowing you have a roof backed by a 50-year limited warranty is extremely impressive."

At another North Carolina community, Stonebridge Log Home community in Todd, developer Shawn Gentry has also seen a rising interest in synthetic shake roofs. Once a completely all-wood cedar shake development of 200 rustic log cabins, the community has now adopted rules that require either fake cedar shake DaVinci Roofscapes roofing products or pre-approved wood cedar split shakes for both new construction and re-roofing projects within Stonebridge.

“The push towards polymer shakes made sense due to long-term maintenance and safety concerns,” says Gentry. “The wood cedar roofs on our one-of-a-kind homes are vulnerable to fire, decay damage and weather conditions.

“We did our research and found that the DaVinci Shakes are an excellent alternative to real wood. They have the tile thickness we needed plus the profiles that accurately replicate real cedar. But, most importantly, they resist weathering, insects and decay. The Mountain Blend and Weathered Gray Blend colors we’ve specified for our community perfectly replicate real cedar shingles.”

Another added benefit of the composite shakes for homeowners at Stonebridge is the peace-of-mind that comes with having a low-maintenance roof. “Many of our homeowners don’t occupy these homes during the winter months,” says Gentry. “When they’re away from their homes for such a long amount of time they’re less likely to worry about maintenance needs on the DaVinci roof versus the natural wood shake roofs.”

Visit What are Contractors Saying about DaVinci? to learn more about how roofing installers and experts feel about DaVinci synthetic slate roofing shingles and cedar shake alternative roofing materials.


Impact Resistant Roofing: Fight Back Against Mother Nature

Severe weather is always a concern for homeowners. Especially weather that brings with it hail and strong winds. No one wants to think about the damage that might be done to a roof during a storm, not to mention the costs of repairing that damage and the insurance nightmares that may follow.

As a homeowner, there are a few things you can do to bring down the cost of insuring your home. If you find a roofing product that has a Class 4 Impact rating, your roof may qualify for discounts on your homeowner's insurance premiums. Why? Because the insurance companies know that the product has been tested and therefore is less likely to need replaced. The amount of this discount will vary, and it may be a sufficient enough discount to rationalize the higher cost of using Class 4 materials, like fake slate and cedar shake alternative tiles from DaVinci.

Whether you're looking to get a new roof or you need to replace a hail damaged roof, you might be interested in checking out our lightweight tiles.

Wondering how the Class 4 impact test is executed? Check out this video below to see a simulated version of the test:

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Do you live in a hail prone area? Do you have a DaVinci roof? How has your DaVinci roof helped with the impact of hail?  Please tell us about your experience in the comments below.


Get a Beautiful and Durable Roof with DaVinci Roofscapes Tiles

DaVinci Slate Alternative ShinglesIf you are looking into roofing materials, then you have probably discovered that there are quite a few out there. You might be interested in a natural slate roof or a natural shake roof - just something other than asphalt. However, you might also be aware of the maintenance and overall issues with some of the natural products. So perhaps you're on a hunt for an alternative natural roofing product.

You've come to the right place!

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we make fake slate and fake cedar shake roofing products that replicate the appearance of their natural counterparts but with a durability with which their natural counterparts cannot compete.

Our tiles have superior wind ratings, impact ratings and fire resistance ratings. And, an added bonus, many insurance companies offer discounts on your premium if you have a Class A fire rated roof or a Class 4 impact resistance roof. Sound good? Read more about our products and their ratings on our website.

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